In Motion: Amiri Baraka | Dir St. Clair Bourne | 60 mins | USA | 1983
Introduction by Rosie Lewis, Assistant Director of the Angelou Centre – a black-led women’s centre – and Digital Desperados board member.
This documentary follows Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones) – a major figure in the black arts movement – as he simultaneously navigates being arrested for sitting in his car when black and organising his defence against this whist living his life. A life of family, poetry, the beat, community, friends and political struggle on behalf of black people.
The film visits Baraka at home preparing for the American Writers Congress, teaching a college class, hosting a jazz and commentary radio show, reading poetry, and speaking at an anti-apartheid rally. Interviews with writers Allen Ginsberg, Joel Oppenheimer, and A.B. Spellman, and activists Ted Wilson and Askia Toure provide insight into the modern day revolutionary, and the period which fostered him.
Time: 7pm – 8.30pm
Tickets: Unticketed & unreserved
£: Free/ Donations taken for the Justice For Sheku Ahmed Tejan Bayoh Campaign
Venue: CCA, Upstairs theatre space
Accessibility: Subtitled & with BSL Introduction